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Driver airlifted to Denver for serious injuries in two-car crash on Highway 96

Posted at 3:23 PM, Sep 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-29 17:23:08-04

KIOWA COUNTY – A driver suffered serious injuries from a two-car crash on Highway 96 near milepost 202 in Kiowa County.

This was three miles west of Towner. According to Colorado State Patrol, a Nissan Pathfinder was driving east on Highway 96 when it went over the center lane and hit another car’s side mirror.

The other vehicle involved, a Ford F350, was pulling a goose-neck trailer that was loaded with a farm tractor heading westbound. The Pathfinder then continued east and hit the driver’s front corner of the goose-neck trailer.

The Pathfinder rotated counter-clockwise facing northeast, then rolled across the westbound lane and off the north side of the road before coming to a stop, CSP said. The driver, 42-year-old Jeffrey Nix of Kansas, was ejected and transported a hospital then airlifted to Swedish Medical in Denver for serious injuries.

State Patrol said he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the F350, 53-year-old Brett Grimsley of Rocky Ford, was not injured during the crash. There were no other reported injuries. Investigators say speed and alcohol are not being considered factors.

The crash remains under investigation.